“We are tomorrow’s ancestors.”
500 Days in the Wild is an independent feature documentary about an artist’s
ecological pilgrimage on the world’s longest trail.
“We are living a broken myth. We’ve lost our way.” Dianne’s journey began five years ago, when she set out on an ecological pilgrimage to honour the land, the water, our ancestors, and to search for the wisdom needed to protect the Earth for future generations, while simultaneously filming a documentary about the experience.
From pushing 150-pounds of bike and packs over rocks, to hiking through flooded bogs, paddling the largest lake in the world, snowshoeing through dense coniferous forests, skiing across wind-blown plains, biking along pristine trails in all seasons, the trail beckons. “The purpose of 500 Days in the Wild is to inspire reverence for this Earth again. A new mindset; a journey of reconciliation ~ learning, listening, and letting go. At its very heart, that’s what this film is all about.”
A Letter from Dianne
It is an honour to walk in partnership with CPAWS. As a storyteller, my purpose in creating 500 Days in the Wild is to make a film that inspires a return to a place of reverence for the Earth.
Film is the most powerful artistic medium of our time. And I am called to make a film about the longest trail in the world, an umbilical cord of land and water that connects us all, and the ancestors of this land called Turtle Island who lived here thousands of years ago.
My projects over the last three decades have all been the result of blending my passion for adventure, art, and nature, including films and books on Everest and the High Arctic. This is the first time in my 30-year career that I have collaborated with an organization, and I chose CPAWS because we share the same core values about protecting the land and water for wildlife and humans. It’s about protecting our Home, and finding what binds us together, not what rips us apart. We share in that responsibility with a commitment to do this important work in a framework of reconciliation.
In love and gratitude